Thanks to Wisconsin's winning ways, recruiting for the high school Class of 2014 is off to a hot start. Milwaukee defensive end Conor Sheehy committed to the Badgers on Wednesday.
This may better offseason fodder, but Wisconsin football's 2014 recruiting class could prove pivotal to the long-term health of the program. The Badgers haven't flourished on the recruiting trail from their two Rose Bowls as much as I hoped. The mass exodus of coaches after the Oregon game left the program somewhat rudderless around signing day, and a lack of scholarships due to Bielema's proclivity to redshirt everybody made the 2012 and 2013 classes abnormally small. The Class of 2014 will be the biggest infusion of young talent Wisconsin has had since the 2010 class.
With a return to normal numbers and a stable coaching staff in place, 2014 should theoretically be the first time we see Wisconsin reap the benefits of their recent success. And indeed the class is off to a hot, early start. Milwaukee Marquette defensive end Conor Sheehy* committed to the Badgers Wednesday, joining quarterback Chance Stewart and offensive linemen Jaden Gault and George Panos.
Sheehy is big--6'4, 260 pounds as a junior in high school--so a move to tackle isn't out of the question if he keeps growing. He also had an early offer from Michigan, which means a lot considering how well that staff has been scouting and recruiting lately. Sheehy racked up 80 tackles with six sacks as a sophomore last season, and looks sufficiently fearsome on tape. With commitments from arguably one of the top QBs in the nation and two big, mold-able linemen, Wisconsin couldn't be much happier with their start.
Sustained success on the field will be the key to keeping the big-time commitments rolling. If Wisconsin regains their groove this season and keeps it going through 2013, we could perhaps see the Badgers recruiting at a higher level than every before. In which case, Rose Bowls for everybody! (Maybe).
*The State Journal spelled his name with two N's. I went with the Rivals database for the spelling.
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